Thug who assaulted man with bottle in Forth Valley receives £1000 compensation order

A thug who assaulted a man with a bottle in Forth Valley has narrowly avoided imprisonment.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 4:45 pm

Martin Bowie struck his victim over the head, to his injury, in Murray Place, Stirling on January 3, 2015.

The 37-year-old, of 314 Grimshaw Lane, Middleton, Manchester, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, having pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2020.

His defence solicitor asked Sheriff Derek Hamilton to consider a non-custodial sentence as Bowie had “no prior convictions for violence”.

Martin Bowie was given a £1000 compensation order and made subject to a restriction of liberty order during his appearance at Falkirk Sheriff Court. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The lawyer added: “Prior to this, his last offence dated from 2012 and there’s been nothing since.”

Sheriff Hamilton said: “Clearly an assault with a bottle is a serious matter and would normally warrant a custodial sentence.

“I’ve taken into account this is the only matter between 2012 and now.”

Bowie received an eight-month, 7pm-5am restriction of liberty order and was ordered to pay £1000 in compensation as an alternative to custody.

The Sheriff added: “If he fails to make payment, he’ll immediately go into custody.”

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